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COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
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established 1546

KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

THE AQA BACCALAUREATE

PLEASE NOTE:
Information about the AQA Baccalaureate applies to current Year 12 & 13 students only (2016-17 academic year)

2008 saw the launch of the AQA Baccalaureate Diploma (AQA Bacc) qualification. The Diploma recognises student achievement in terms of both A-levels and a ‘core’ to provide breadth of study and personal challenge.

Unlike the International Baccalaureate, the AQA Bacc is a qualification that retains A-levels as a main component and allows students to select any combination of subjects.  Hence the A-level programme continues to reflect both a student’s strength and their preferences.  Alongside this, students follow additional studies (General Studies and Critical Thinking) to ensure breadth and development as well-rounded students, through being involved in a wide-range of enrichment activities.

 

Components of the AQA Bacc:

 

Baccalaureate Grading Scheme

  •  The Baccalaureate requires students to study at least three GCE Advanced Level subjects and achieve Grade E or above in each.  At Colyton  Grammar School students will take 4 GCE A-Level subjects over the 3 year programme
  •  The grades achieved in three out of the four subjects contribute to the level of Baccalaureate awarded
  •  The Extended Project has a value of 60 UCAS tariff points currently

 

3 A-Levels

Extended Project

Enrichment

Breadth (AS)

Award

Grade

E

E

Baccalaureate

C

C

Baccalaureate with Merit

A

A

Baccalaureate with Distinction

 

 Enrichment plays a key role in the composition of the AQA Baccalaureate.  

Involvement in enrichment activities enables students to develop skills and qualities that universities and employers are seeking.

Students have to complete at least 100 hours during their time in the Sixth Form.  At least two of the following core areas must be included with a minimum of 30 hours on any one area from:

  •  Work-related learning
  •  Community participation
  •  Personal development activities

Numerous enrichment activities exist within school (see table below) but involvement in activities outside of school also gain accreditation.

Work Related Learning

Community Participation

Personal Development

Work Experience

Brass Band

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

Paid Employment

Chamber Choir

Sports Leadership

Young Enterprise

Guitar Club

Music Leadership

Business Writing Competition

String Ensemble

Film Club

School Bank

Senior Choir

Tennis

Enterprise Club

Jazz Band

Hockey

Green Society

Netball

Leading School Clubs

Badminton

SNAG Forum

Trampolining

Visiting Residential Homes

Instrumental Tuition

Woodland Trust

Football

Primary School Links

Cricket

Green Society

MFL Conversation

Hospital Voluntary Work

Maths Challenge

 

 

Drama

 

Life Drawing Classes

 

Driving Awareness

 

Philosophy Club

 

Japanese Studies

 

Ten Tors . . . and more!